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Our team is based within a thriving community of cell and developmental biology, and tissue repair groups in the Faculty of Life Sciences in the vibrant city of Bristol.

The Faculty boasts world-class research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment in the Wolfson Bioimaging, Proteomics, Transcriptomics and Flow Cytometry facilites.

Bristol even topped the Times list of the "best places to live in Britain"


Helen Weavers

Principal Investigator

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

jointly funded by The Wellcome Trust and The Royal Society

See my University of Bristol Research Profile:
Previously Wellcome Trust PhD Student (University of Cambridge) and MRC-funded Research Associate (University of Bristol).


Terrence Trinca

MRC Post-doctoral


with Profs Paul Martin & Sussan Nourshargh

Terrence started with us in 2022 after a PhD with flies in Cardiff in the lab of Dr Joaquin De Navascues. Terrence is interested in how immune cells reach sites of injury. Terrence even has his own 3D printer!

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Tua Karling

PhD student


former MRes

postgraduate student

Tua recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester, where she was introduced to the wonders of Drosophila! Tua is now pursuing her love of research as a PhD student with us studying immune cell migration in complex 3D environments.


Jake Turley

Postgraduate student on the MRC GW4 DTP

co-supervised by Prof Tannie Liverpool, Prof Paul Martin & Dr Isaac Chenchiah

After completing his Mathematics degree at the University of Bristol, Jake is now moving into the world of biology with us in this cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary PhD project.

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Lulwah Alshamali

PhD student

 with Prof Richard Coward &

Prof Gavin Welsh

Lulwah has just joined us to start her PhD studies! Lulwah is interested in understanding more about renal physiology and disease, combining fly and mammalian models.


MSc & Summer students


If you're interested in a summer lab project with

us, get in touch!




PhD projects available!

Fully funded 3.5 year

PhD studentship

for October 2024 start

Interested in state-of-the-art live imaging and genetic approaches in Drosophila and want to learn techniques in human genetic epidemiology?

Please see FindaPhD entry here for further information about the project and how to apply.


Giuliana Clemente

Wellcome Trust-funded



Giuliana started with us in 2018 after a CRUK-funded PhD in Dundee with Prof Arno Muller and a short post-doc with Dr Tom Millard at the University of Manchester.
Giuliana is also an active pre-lighter!


Jack Holcombe

Sir Jules Thorn

PhD student

Postgraduate student on the MRC GW4 DTP

Jack has moved into the world of fruitflies after a Masters year in St Andrews studying regeneration in Amphioxus! Jack is now a PhD student funded by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and a member of the GW4 MRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme.


Harry Young

PhD student on the


Wellcome Trust

Dynamic Molecular Cell Biology PhD Programme

Harry spent 3 months rotating in our lab last year where he discovered the wonderful world of Drosophila research. Harry is now back in the lab as a PhD student where he is integrating Drosophila live-imaging and genetics with human genetic epidemiology to explore how tissues protect themselves from oxidative stress.

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Beth Sawyer

NC3Rs PhD student

 with Prof David Sheppard,

Prof Eshwar Mahenthiralingam

& Dr Jamie Duckers

Beth has just joined us to start her PhD studies! Beth is interested in understanding the links between tissue damage, inflammation and infection in conditions such as COPD and cystic fibrosis.


Katie Barnard

MRes student

within the School of Biochemistry

Katie has just joined us to start her MRes studies! Katie is interested in the stress response pathways activated after tissue damage and how they help promote rapid healing.




Our previous

lab members

Emma Case (MSci student in Biochemistry)
Kayleigh Cruickshank (MSci in Biomedical Sciences)
Amy Harris (Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship)
Katie Burbridge (UoB Biochemistry BSc student)
Lauren Craker (Chemistry MSc student; in collaboration with Prof Dek Woolfson)


We are recruiting!

Post-doctoral researcher


PhD students

If you are interested in working with us on an exciting interdisciplinary project integrating state-of-the-art live imaging, Drosophila genetics and genetic epidemiology contact me for more details.

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